Essential Reads

Sex, Power, and Risk

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
When it comes to power in sexual relationships, who really controls what goes on in the bedroom?

Man's Fate

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Easter Island tells us all we need to know about our greatness and our fallibility- and also about our prognosis as a species.

What Great Parents Do: Are You Doing It?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Singletons
75 Bite-size chunks of sensible strategies for raising children. How many do you use?

Can We Trust the Decision Researchers?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
The Heuristics and Biases (HB) movement has had a tremendous influence and has generated the field of Behavioral Economics. However, the HB community has its own set of biases.

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Music Enhances Beer's Flavor

Listening to music we love can make whatever we're drinking taste much more delicious.
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How Self-Control Can Help You Live a Healthier Life

Self-control is a vital strength and key determinant of success in everyday life.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the "Virtues" of Tit for Tat

You’d probably agree that in an ideal universe you’d do best living your life in accord with the golden rule. But in the real world attempting such an existence is precarious....

Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say

Learn to say what you mean and feel good about it, leaving others with their confidence and security in place. Consider these seven steps to being a more authentic communicator.

Real Men Don’t Type

In the computer age, the available jobs look to real men like training to be a girl.

Sick and Tired of Politics?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in Time Out
Take control of your life by paying it forward.

When It Comes to Your Money

By Michael F. Kay on July 20, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
"More than 30 people burned in Tony Robbins' hot-coals walk" Associated Press headline June 24, 2016

The Logic of How to Quit Smoking

Having trouble quitting smoking or sticking to a healthy diet? I explain why common strategies so often fail, and offer practical, effective tips for living a healthy life.

Plagiarism and Google

By William Poundstone on July 19, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Is there an epidemic of celebrity cribbing—or does it just seem that way?

Status Is the Enemy of Contentment

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
Are you paying too big a price for prestige?

Career Question: "How Can I Get into Management?"

By Victor Lipman on July 18, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A frustrated reader would like a faster career track. Following is practical counsel for anyone seeking a management role.

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes With Their Money: Part 2

By Jeffrey S. Nevid Ph.D., ABPP on July 18, 2016 in The Minute Therapist
Are your beliefs about the stock market costing you money?

Life Is Too Short to Wear Bad Lipstick

By Kevin Bennett on July 15, 2016 in Modern Minds
Economy got you down? Try some new lipstick - it's good for two reasons.

The Panama Papers Reveal the Solution to Global Suffering

How can we address global poverty quickly and effectively? Tax havens as revealed by the Panama Papers hold the key!

Shouldn't All Leadership Be "Authentic"?

By Victor Lipman on July 08, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
We hear a lot about the benefits of "authentic" leadership these days. But what are the reasonable choices? Should we advocate inauthentic leadership? Or dishonest leadership?
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7 Effects of Alcohol Myopia

Alcohol consumption impacts us in many ways—and most of them are not good for us.

Taming Blame and Shame

By Michael F. Kay on July 06, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
What could be more destructive to your financial success and happiness than wallowing in blame and shame?

Talking About Money

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 30, 2016 in In Therapy
How do you cope with financial stress? Ever tried talking about it?

10 Factors Predicting Relapse

An understanding of the circumstances under which people fail at self-control can provide valuable insights into how to overcome self-control problems.

The Brexit Age Gap

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Were aged 65+ pro-Brexit voters trapped by nostalgia ?

Susan Silver: Job Justice

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Sensoria
We must help ex-offenders connect "with appropriate community resources to find jobs, housing, substance abuse, treatment, and mental health care."
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The Elephant in the Middle of Brexit

In a world built upon little trust outside your own POV, company, community or country, chances for collaboration, cooperation and even mere calm communication are slim to none

Why the Millennial Mindset Matters to Management

By Victor Lipman on June 25, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Millennials have “more permission to advocate for ourselves, rather than to silently comply with whatever directives are handed down.” What are the management implications?

Confused Britons Ask Google: "What Is the EU?"

By William Poundstone on June 24, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Voters need to know the issues to make wise choices. Digital tools show how uninformed many are.

Do You Tip Here? The Power of Compliance and Acceptance

By Kevin Bennett on June 22, 2016 in Modern Minds
Is tipping just an insincere act of outward conformity? Or is it a behavior performed by millions every day because of their own deeply held values of right and wrong?

A Nice Short Description of How to Manage Millennials

By Victor Lipman on June 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Hint: They don’t respond well to traditional command-and-control tactics.

Philadelphia’s Snack a Tax

Is a taxation to limit mastication ever justifiable or effective?
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Is It Better to Be Lucky or Good? Research Has the Answer.

By Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., and Lee Ross, Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in The Wisest One in the Room
How important is luck in determining success in life? Studies show that it matters more than most people think.

Your Mindset Is Making Your Money Decisions for You

By Michael F. Kay on June 20, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Newsflash: your life is ruled by your mindset.

The Highest Priority Common Core

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 17, 2016 in Ambigamy
We all need to learn how to practice evenhanded rhetoric and critical thinking, to be able, like a trial lawyer, to make a persuasive case for or against any argument.